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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by bergsteigen » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:40 pm

djkest wrote:You mentioned you will never post the GoPro video and I respect that- can I ask why? I'm guessing it's either scary or embarassing or something. Plus who wants to hear someone screaming in pain?
The simple answer is this. It doesn't show much. It went too fast. The GoPro was in the snow for the reduction (180 ski spin). It's the screaming... to me, it brings back the dark place. I can watch the video with the sound muted. Listening to it, and it's almost vomit inducing in it's horrifying sound. I would rather keep things as positive as possible, and not end the TR with those sounds.
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by JimR » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:04 pm

Ouch! Sorry to hear about the injury, but you & Nate (& SAR, as always) did a great job dealing with it. If attitude has anything to do with recovery (and I know it does), it sounds like you'll be back out there before you can even catch up on your other pursuits. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by Mike Shepherd » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:37 pm

Your trip report was pretty crazy to read mainly because I had some idea of how it would end since it was linked from the forum post about the accident. I'm glad to hear you are doing okay now and that it looks like you will make a full recovery. I think I will also be signing up for those WFA type classes in the future. There is a book out by the mountaineers press "Climbing Self Rescue: Improvising Solutions For Serious Situations" that I have been thinking of reading, and this might give me all the more reason to do so. I'm not sure what I would do, being more or less stuck on a slope that could slide like you were. I think descending that as much as you did after the injury was as much an accomplishment as any technical ascent of a peak. Good luck on your recovery.
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by Tornadoman » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:48 pm

Otina,

That was one intense trip report! I am amazed by your positive attitude and glad that you are recovering well. I hope that you enjoy your relaxing Summer and are able to get back to the mountains soon!

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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by summitstep » Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:39 am

[quote="Tornadoman"]Otina,

That was one intense trip report! I am amazed by your positive attitude


+1 on that! Otina, heal well; don't know if we can go long without your great trip reports and pics. :lol: So glad you are safe.
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by djkest » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:15 am

bergsteigen wrote:
djkest wrote:You mentioned you will never post the GoPro video and I respect that- can I ask why? I'm guessing it's either scary or embarassing or something. Plus who wants to hear someone screaming in pain?
The simple answer is this. It doesn't show much. It went too fast. The GoPro was in the snow for the reduction (180 ski spin). It's the screaming... to me, it brings back the dark place. I can watch the video with the sound muted. Listening to it, and it's almost vomit inducing in it's horrifying sound. I would rather keep things as positive as possible, and not end the TR with those sounds.
Thanks for answering, that makes a lot of sense. It wouldn't add anything positive only negative.

Also from your X-rays (which are cool to see, by the way), it looks like you may have a small lump or "bulge" on that shin for the foreseeable future. All that extra titanium hardware. And I agree, Adamantium would be a cool upgrade. Maybe like Wolverine you could have retractable crampons. :lol:

Oh and +1 on maintaining a positive attitude. I don't think I would handle such and event with the happiness that you did- pretty amazing.
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by JoeyJ » Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:26 am

Wow- just now seeing this today... Ugggh.

So glad you're OK and it wasn't any worse Otina. Just glanced at your report and will read the whole thing next... I too have enjoyed your TRs with all the fine outdoor photos. Plus you're always very helpful to all the other folks herer on this site. Get well soon and keep looking at the bright side!

PS- you have the best set of skis I've ever seen!
Love leopards- perfect motivation to keep those ski tips together :)

Was fortunate enough to see one in the wild once... Hope your sleek snow leopard is back out prowling the high slopes soon!
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by thePhoenix » Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:38 am

djkest wrote:And I agree, Adamantium would be a cool upgrade. Maybe like Wolverine you could have retractable crampons.
+1

It's good to see you were and are in good spirits about everything. Good luck with the recovery. You're a very strong, and determined individual. I have no doubt you'll be back up in the mountains as soon you can.
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by bergsteigen » Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:20 pm

JoeyJ wrote:Wow- just now seeing this today... Ugggh.

So glad you're OK and it wasn't any worse Otina. Just glanced at your report and will read the whole thing next... I too have enjoyed your TRs with all the fine outdoor photos. Plus you're always very helpful to all the other folks herer on this site. Get well soon and keep looking at the bright side!

PS- you have the best set of skis I've ever seen!
Love leopards- perfect motivation to keep those ski tips together :)

Was fortunate enough to see one in the wild once... Hope your sleek snow leopard is back out prowling the high slopes soon!
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That is one awesome photo! The big cats have always fascinated me, and why I wanted to become a veterinarian as a kid - until I realized I was allergic. Seeing the big cats in the wild would be a major bucket list item for me. Hopefully one day!
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by JoeyJ » Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:01 pm

bergsteigen wrote: That is one awesome photo!
Thanks! That pic has become one of my all time favorites- have it hanging here in the office. caught her relaxing up on a big rock sheltered by trees N of Krueger, with her almost straight on look at the camera- couldn't ask for a better photo op in the wild! She had an antelope hidden away, hanging up high in a tree about a block away, so afterward would shed' come to chill here after chowing at the tree diner. I was a bit blown away in that I didn't realize big cats had round pupils like humans and not the vertical slits like smaller cats!

Hmmm. Perhaps a great time to ride in a land rover and do an African safari would be when one has a bum leg? ;) Just sayin
You'll prob get your wish one day. Your upbeat attitude about the whole thing sure goes a long way. helps in any situation. I wouldn't have handled it as well as you either- amazing fortitude.
Hope that break mends really well for ya!
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by shearmodulus » Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:11 pm

Thanks for sharing your story.

If you spend enough time in the mountains, eventually it will catch up with you.

That being said, it sounds as if you and your partner were well-prepared for it and were capable of making the right decision. I wish more people could share that story.

Here's to a speedy recovery!
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by 14erFred » Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:29 pm

Prayers and best wishes for a speedy and full recovery, bergsteigen.
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